Quotes by: Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde
Photograph taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony
Born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde
(1854-10-16)16 October 1854
Dublin, Ireland
Died 30 November 1900(1900-11-30) (aged 46)
Paris, France
Occupation Author, poet, playwright
Language English, French
Nationality Irish
Education Portora Royal School
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Magdalen College, Oxford
Period Victorian era
Genre Drama, short story, criticism, dialogue, journalism
Literary movement Aestheticism
Notable works The Importance of Being Earnest
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Spouse Constance Lloyd (m. 1884; d. 1898)
Children Cyril Holland, Vyvyan Holland
Relatives William Wilde (father)
Jane Wilde (mother)
Willie Wilde (brother)

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
Oscar Wilde
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
Oscar Wilde
Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force.
Oscar Wilde
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Oscar Wilde
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
Oscar Wilde
The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
Oscar Wilde
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Oscar Wilde
Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
Oscar Wilde
There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
Oscar Wilde
Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.
Oscar Wilde
The mark of all good art is not that the thing done is done exactly or finely, for machinery may do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the workman's heart.
Oscar Wilde
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